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Citrus Spread

Citrus Spread

Have you ever taken a recipe and made it into something else? My mom liked a citrus glaze so much that she altered it to become a citrus butter spread. And it’s absolutely divine!

You should definitely use fresh zest instead of dried orange peel. But in a pinch, the dried works great!

Now this is a spread, so I thought of the song line “Start spreading the news” from “New York, New York.” Check out the version sung by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Citrus Spread


  • ¼ teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1¼ cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. In a small bowl, put fresh orange zest, orange juice concentrate, lemon juice and water. Stir and set aside to allow the orange zest to absorb the juice.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together sugar and butter until smooth.
  3. Add orange zest mixture and whip on medium speed until combined.
  4. If want thinner consistency, add orange juice ½ teaspoon at a time and whip in with electric mixer.
  5. If want thicker consistency, add confectioner’s sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and whip in with electric mixer.
  6. Refrigerate. Spread on hot toast, pancakes, waffles, etc.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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